Tagged Articles

lymphomas 28 articles

Benzene Abounds in the Grounds of North Dakota

News source KCET.org has dubbed North Dakota the “Oil Spill State” due to the extremely high number of oil spills that have soaked the grounds of the state over the years. The state’s Department of Health Environmental Incidents Reports logged 745 oil spills in just one year, ending May 1, 2017. That’s an average of one oil spill every 11 hours, 45 minutes. In some cases, such as the tank overflow on May 18, 2016, in Bowman County, the spill was as large as 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons of crude oil as well as 2,400 barrels of brine that flowed ... Read More

Benzene exposure blamed for Auto Mechanic cancer diagnosis

An auto mechanic in Illinois has filed a lawsuit against multiple companies alleging his cancer diagnosis is linked to years of benzene exposure. Steven J. Williams, who worked as an auto mechanic since 1982, claims his cancer diagnoses is due to having been exposed to benzene-containing products for long periods of time while on the job. He has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma after regularly using chemicals such as diesel fuel, solvents, paints, and belt dressings. Benzene exposure most often happens through inhalation, but it can also be absorbed through the skin. Once in the bloodstream, benzene makes its way into the bone marrow, which ... Read More

Two Porter Ranch Residents Diagnosed with Rare Form of Leukemia linked to benzene exposure

From October 2015 to February 2016, an estimated 97,000 metric tons of natural gas spewed from a storage well in Porter Ranch, Southern California. Around 8,000 families were relocated to prevent long-term exposure to toxic fumes such as benzene, a known link to cancer. Now, 18 months later, two of those Porter Ranch residents are fighting for their lives. Aliya Hall, age 7, spends a lot of her time at Children’s Hospital undergoing chemotherapy. Zaven Islikaplan, 63, spends more time at the hospital than at home due to his brutal rounds of chemo that require regular breathing treatments. Their diagnoses are identical: acute myeloid leukemia (AML), ... Read More

Leaking fuel tank leads to benzene exposure risk; 2,600 Gallons of Gasoline Removed from Soil

A leaking premium fuel tank was discovered mid-August behind Robbinsville Crown service station in Robbinsville, North Carolina, spilling benzene-containing fuel into the ground. A cleanup crew has tackled the issue, removing more than 2,600 gallons of gasoline from the ground, which is enough to refuel a 15-gallon vehicle tank 173 times. “They’re continuing to do free product recovery,” Jan Anderson from the state Division of Waste Management told the Graham Star. “It’s an ongoing abatement.” The gasoline has also contaminated both Tallulah Creek and the Cheoah River. “The section of stream immediately downstream of the release is exceeding surface water standards ... Read More

Moms Blame benzene contamination at military base for making children sick

Katie Whatley was only 6 when she was diagnosed with leukemia, and it nearly took her life. “We are fairly confident that had we not taken her to the emergency room that night, that she would have died in her sleep,” said Amanda Whatley in a YouTube video describing her daughter’s fight with cancer. Whatley’s video has now been viewed more than 50,000 times. Three years earlier, however, Whatley’s friend, Melany Stawnyczyj, experienced the same story with her son, Roman, who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4. “What a coincidence it was for both of us who were ... Read More

EPA Proposes Regulations Requiring Natural Gas Facilities to Report Toxic Chemical Release, Including Benzene

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed regulations that require U.S. natural gas processing facilities to report their toxic chemical releases. The regulations would affect about 281 to 444 processing facilities, and would allow the agency to closely monitor chemicals released into the air. The chemicals include xylenes, linked to breathing problems, headaches and neurological issues; formaldehyde, a carcinogen that inflicts damage on the respiratory system; and benzene, which has been linked to blood diseases and cancers such as Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), lymphomas and aplastic anemia. The proposition was in response to a petition by 19 environmental groups, including the Environmental ... Read More

More Information revealed following Mahoney’s Auto Mall hazardous waste Indictments

Recently, Mahoney’s Auto Mall and employee Andrew Fuller in Potsdam, New York, were indicted for burying 55-gallon drums full of used oil, containers of used oil filters and tires, totaling 140 gallons of hazardous substances. The hazardous waste was discovered buried on the auto dealership’s property, which led to 12 counts of felony third-degree endangering public health, safety or the environment, and eight counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree endangering public health, safety or the environment. “Failing to properly dispose of hazardous material jeopardizes the health of New Yorkers and the surrounding environment,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said in his press release. “We will continue to hold ... Read More

Noted sportscaster Craig Sager Dies of AML

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a devastating disease that affects 20,000 Americans and claims the lives of 10,000 every year. Last December, it claimed the life of Craig Sager, longtime NBA and Turner Sports broadcaster. “There will never be another Craig Sager,” said Turner president David Levy. “His incredible talent, tireless work ethic and commitment to his craft took him all over the world covering sports. While he will be remembered fondly for his colorful attire and the TNT sideline interviews he conducted with NBA coaches and players, it’s the determination, grace and will to live he displayed during his ... Read More

Molecules Derived From Avocados May Be Key to Beating AML

Researchers have discovered that molecules derived from avocados could be an effective form of treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Professor Paul Spagnuolo from the University of Waterloo, whose research has been published in Cancer Research oncology journal, discovered that the nutritious, creamy fruit contains a lipid that naturally fights AML, targeting the stem cells. Very few treatments that target leukemia stem cells exist worldwide. AML is a devastating disease that is fatal in less than five years for 90 percent of people older than 65. According to the study, the new avocado-derived treatment has strong potential to increase quality of life and ... Read More

Wyoming School Closed Until Fall 2017 Because of Benzene Contamination

In Midwest, Wyoming, a school that has been closed since last May for hazardous levels of benzene related to a gas leak won’t reopen until fall of the 2017-2017 school year. When the gas leak was first discovered, air quality tests confirmed the presence of benzene at 200 times safe levels. The students and staff were evacuated after many complaints of headaches, sore throats and other potential health problems. The air tests also confirmed high levels of carbon dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as oxygen deficiencies. Engineers and consultants are working to fix the contamination, which was caused by ... Read More